Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child

Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Velazquez Laura Cumming shares the riveting story of her mother?s mysterious kidnapping as a toddler in a small English coastal village?and how that event reverberated through her own family and her art for decades. In the fall of 1929, when Laura Cumming?s mother was three years old, she w INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Velazquez Laura Cu...

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Title:Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child
Author:Laura Cumming
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child Reviews

  • Laura
    Jul 07, 2019
    Laura Cumming's mother was raised in a rather stern household on the English coast. Kept isolated from much of the community, Betty finally escaped to college and then marriage. There was one incident on the bus home from school, when a complete stranger accosted her saying that her gr...
  • Laura
    Jun 24, 2019
    From BBC radio 4 - Book of the week: In her new book, the art critic Laura Cumming unravels the mystery of her mother's disappearance one day in late 1929. Five days went by before she was found unharmed, but she remembered nothing of these events and the silence about what happened r...
  • DianaAitch
    Jul 19, 2019
    Listened to this on BBC Sounds app. ...
  • Krassimir Dimitrov
    Jul 06, 2019
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  • Börkur Sigurbjörnsson
    Aug 08, 2019
    The art critic tells the story of her mother almost as if it were a painting. First, the plot is sketched, roughly. Then the details are added little by little, moving back and forth over different parts of the canvas. From time to time, parts of the plot are re-worked as needed by the...
  • Trina Hollis
    Jul 09, 2019
    Really enjoyed this true family mystery. ...
  • Sue
    Aug 09, 2019
    Maticulous research by the author and her mother into her mother's early life. Draws on memories and photographs but people in the village - who knew the story refuse to engage. Truly shocking. ...
  • Joanne Shaw
    Jul 11, 2019
    Confession - I listened to this book on Radio 4 rather than read it. Many families have extraordinary stories but few are described so beautifully. I'm sure it's no accident that listening to the story felt somehow like looking at the Vermeer milkmaid painting which features in the bo...
  • Trish
    Jul 27, 2019
    An interesting and detailed family history, it?s fascinating to learn how Laura and her mother gradually discovered her mother?s origins. There is a tendency to imagine the thought processes and emotions of ancestors that she couldn?t know - I do the same thing myself, but in thi...
  • Jojo
    Jul 13, 2019
    I loved the tenderness with which the story is unfolded and told - no hatred for what had been quite a sad and shocking set of circumstances. Most enjoyable. ...
  • Angela
    Jul 18, 2019
    I listened to this as an audiobook through the BBC Sounds website. This is a biography about the author's mother Betty, who it turns out was originally called Grace. One day she vanishes from the beach, aged only three, but turns up again a few days later. Betty cannot remember what h...
  • Paula
    Aug 11, 2019
    I listened to the abridged audio, done in 5, 15-minute (or was it 30?) segments. The story flips back and forth in time, which I have found difficult to follow when in these audio presentations. It was probably cathartic for the author to put this story to paper, but in the end the bon...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Jul 31, 2019
    She started out her life as Grace until she was adopted before age 3, then she was Betty. A name she never liked. Later she called herself Elizabeth. An older couple adopted her at age 3, George and Veda Elston. She grew to dislike George, who was controlling and didn?t want her ming...
  • Caz
    Aug 16, 2019
    Woah. Such love went into this book and it really shows. ...
  • Janilyn Kocher
    Jul 07, 2019
    I love family mysteries. Five Days Gone unravels the layers of secrets revolving around the author's mother, Betty, who originally was called Grace. One day she disappeared from the beach, only to turn up a few days later. Most of the local villagers knew the truth about the incident a...
  • Ben
    Aug 03, 2019
    ?On Chapel Sands? is a powerful meditation on love and loss and how secrets and lies can be contained in memories and images. Most of all it is a reminder to pay heed to EM Forster?s epigraph at the beginning of ?Howard?s End? to ?Only Connect? and as someone who lives ...
  • Ellen
    Aug 07, 2019
    So very very good. ...
  • Jackie
    Jul 07, 2019
    A cleverly written biography of the author?s family. It tells the story of family secrets in a normal Lincolnshire family from the 1920s onwards. Also beautifully evocative of the landscape, a mix of social history, family, art. I really enjoyed this even though it left me with an ov...
  • Carol
    Jul 11, 2019
    Listened on BBC R4, interesting story and sad in many ways, the stigma of illegitimacy and the lengths that were taken to keep secrets. ...
  • Karen
    Jun 12, 2019
    ARC provided in exchange for honest review. ?? ARC provided in exchange for honest review. ??? ...more ...
  • Penny
    Aug 13, 2019
    Enjoyed reading this and it's just about a 4 star book, but the more I think about it the more I'm not sure there's enough of a story here to warrant a full book. The sense of place is beautifully drawn - I know the area of Lincolnshire described. However, there's an awful lot or rep...
  • SundayAtDusk
    May 07, 2019
    Publisher requested in NetGalley e-mail no ARC reviews be posted until two weeks before publication date. ...
  • Mairi Byatt
    Jul 31, 2019
    I have been so moved by this stunning novel, also learnt so much about art, and given me an appreciation I have never known before. I was actually at school with Laura for 12 years and always liked her but never really got to know her - my loss! I could have known one of the most emoti...
  • Colin
    Jul 30, 2019
    Interesting story ...
  • Andrew
    Jul 05, 2019
    BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week production: Interesting story but somewhat muddled in presentation and such a factual subject could have been better in a more linear way. ...
  • Pat Machin
    Jul 10, 2019
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  • Niamh Maher
    Jul 07, 2019
    Just an incredible book from start to finish , a.privilege to read A memoir of such honesty and sensitivity , betty shines through her daughter's words and laura imbues the main characters with such feeling that even when not deserved you have sympathy for them ...
  • Anne
    Jul 13, 2019
    This is a fascinating story. A true story told by Laura Cumming the author, as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding her mother's past. In 1929 a mother and small child enjoy an afternoon on a beach, Chapel beach in Lincolnshire. Suddenly in a moment the child is gone, kidnappe...
  • Eve
    Jul 06, 2019
    3.5 ...
  • Janet Burns
    Jul 05, 2019
    Enjoying the mystery of Betty in this book but it has been spoilt by the episode where the Grammar school girl, born in 1929, was able to have a polio vaccination, whereas I was born in 1941 and was among the first tranche of teenagers to be given the new vaccine in 1955. An irritation...